6″ block frenzy

instagram-blocks

notice anything in common between these blocks? if you’re as much of a Sweetwater fan as i am, you may see that these fabrics all come from Sweetwater collections. in fact all but the hexie block are made out of mostly Boathouse. the hexie fabrics come from Wishes.

and the reason for all these Sweetwater fabric blocks? well… an instagram contest! up for grabs? lots of sweetwater fabric. they are my absolute favourite fabric designer, and i HAVE to be in the running for this. so far, i’ve entered all five blocks under the hashtags #12contestssweetwater and #sweetwaterfabric. i’m definitely going to enter a couple more before the deadline at the beginning of March.

love me some Sweetwater!!

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Road 15 Plans

I bought this ‘fat eighths’ bundle of Sweetwater’s Road 15 fabric a couple of years ago. Sweetwater bundles are my kryptonite. I go weak at the knees with each new collection, and I’m breathless until I own some. Wait. Maybe it’s like reverse kryptonite. I need it to survive! I digress…

The perfect project came along for me to bust into this little bundle without having a panic attack. Enter the 2017 Swoonalong! Using any one of Thimble Blossom’s Swoon patterns, bloggers, instagrammers, and quilters everywhere are making swoon projects and sharing with the #swoonalong.

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Now, before I really get going, it’s time for the obligatory pre-de-bundlifying photoshoot. Isn’t she so pretty?! I can’t wait to see how this quilt turns out.

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It’s been pretty cold around here in south western Idaho. This winter has been a snowy one. It’s broken all kinds of local snow records. This is the most accumulation and snow days this region has had since records began in 1940! At one point, the snow was up to my knees as I trooped through the back yard to get some snow pics.

We’ve had quite a few robins pillaging around our garden. I love watching them swoop and hop around amongst the snow. They’re definitely a different looking species here in Idaho than I’m used to seeing in the UK. Somehow British Robins are just cuter!

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Devonshire Clotted Cream Fudge

I’d not been successful at making fudge before. At least the kind that I’m used to. Not the Americanized ‘fudge’. But I found this video on Youtube and thought I’d take another stab at it. This chef has another video on how to make clotted cream, and that’s the step I need to get better at. Anyway, they turned out amazingly!

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They are so rich and bursting with flavour, you’ll want to savour these for a long time.

I set up the clotted cream overnight, then whipped up the fudge pretty quick in the morning. It didn’t take long at all. You will need a sugar thermometer though if you want to be accurate.

Let me know if you give them a try!

Traveling Quilt Bee interest??

I would love to participate in a traveling quilt swap, and I’m looking for interested swappers! If you would be interested, or have a suggestion for the swap, fill out this form. I’d love some feedback!

A few of my faves that I’ve come across…

bee-blocksTraveling Bee / Round Robin Quilt made by the Circle 7 bee members

TQ01Found at Piece and Press

traveling4Found at Tallgrass Prairie Studio

I love the thought of starting something beautiful and have other people’s ideas blossom into something amazing that I never would have thought of doing.

I’m game… are you?!

I did it again… more kids!

I so intended to bring blogging back into my life, but, life had other plans. As always! A new shipment of foster kids arrived (I don’t mean that to sound offensive… More like happy mail!) in the form of three sweet kiddos: a 9 yr old girl, 2 yr old boy and sweet 8 month old girl. They are SOOOOO cute! I don’t like to post a picture so soon, so you’ll just have to believe me. CUTIES!

Anyway, despite the *minor* disruption πŸ˜‰ I have made a little progress on my Campside shawl…

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I have to finish off the last section of eyelets, them I’m on to the edging. So excited to wear this on the cooler autumnal evenings.

Cath Kidston Sew Together Bag

I. love. this. bag.

This is the second bag from this pattern that I’ve made, and I love it! I don’t usually buy a lot of bag/pouch patterns because I find they don’t quite fit the purpose I’m trying to achieve. Instead I get inspired and muddle through coming up with my own creation. But seeing all the pictures of this bag on instagram and various blogs, there’s not a lot about it that I don’t like.

The bag is so spacious, useful for many things, and super easy to make. Naturally, after you’ve made it once, you have a better idea of what you’re doing, and it just goes faster.

Outside

I only had a fat quarter of each print (8 prints), so I had to use them throughout the pattern. And I love the ‘scrappy’ look, while still having cohesiveness. Look at all those pockets!!

Inside

I quite like working with zippers, and these are the easiest yet! There’s no special treatment, like adding zipper tabs (at least to these three). Just sew along the edges with your zipper foot. There are, however zipper tabs on the long, outer zipper, but they’re not too bad.
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The red dot fabric gives the binding on top a nice pop of colour.

BindingMy favourite of all the fabrics has to be the blue ‘cloud’ flowers lining the end pocket. I only have a few little scraps of this left, and a few scraps of the rest. It may not make more than a cute throw pillow, or mini quilt, but I’m waiting for the right pattern to come along for that.

BlueSo if you’re interested in making your own Sew Together Bag, the pattern can be found for purchase on craftsy right here. Or if you’re not a sewer, I’m sure I can be bribed with chocolate to make you one! πŸ˜‰

Return to Blogging

wow! it’s been two years since my last blog post?! i can hardly believe that…

since i intend this blog to be more crafty, i will save most of the details for my personal blog. but i will share this: about two years ago, the hubby and i became licensed foster parents. and kids came along! i have stitched and created in those two years, but never quite got to the blogging-about-it stage.

we’re still licensed foster parents, but i think i can make time for blogging again! πŸ˜€

let’s do a little catch up with some projects i have in the works.

a couple of years ago, i began a quilt for my sister Annie, from fabrics that she bought me for my birthday. (I can’t remember what the fabric line was called, but i’ll look it up and update the post…) I pulled a few other fabrics to match from my stash and used this pattern to create a gorgeous quilt top. i don’t think i bought a pattern for this (being a poor college student at the time) but i definitely had inspiration from somewhere. (i’ll look for it!) at long last (maybe a year later) i finally was quilting it. long story short, i was almost done with my quilting when i looked on the underside… it was all wrong. the top tension was too loose. so i’m currently unpicking to restart the quilting from scratch. hopefully another year won’t pass before i’m done!

AnniesQuilt

i got back into some cross stitching in the past few years. this design came from an issue of Cross Stitcher magazine. it was on the cover, and i spotted it one day while browsing the online store on my iPad. it was super easy and quick with only 6 colours of floss to use. i stitched mine on some belfast linen.

Deer Tree

i’m nearly done with my Virtuous Woman (Proverbs 31) piece. it’s taken a while, simply because there are so many colours, and i’m starting and stopping with each colour really often. i’d love to have this done before we get too far into the autumn.

Proverbs 31

i finished this guy just in the nick of time (no pun intended) for christmas 2014. i had him on the go for about 2-3 years. every time i got it out, the hubby would say “are you actually going to have this done by this christmas??” after that stitching session, i’d put it away, and lament that it would take so long, and i’d have trouble pulling it out again. well, last autumn, i got my crazy stitching frenzy on. i had an idea for this one. i would frame it, with a nice thick matt, and start a new tradition: whomever is in our home on christmas day, as a guest, gets to sign the matt. well, my family (momma, dad, brother from UAE, two sisters & bro-in-law from UK) were over for christmas, and they got to sign it. that was incentive enough for me to finish up!

Santa

this next one is my current knitting project. it’s a shawl i found via pinterest, called Campside. i have a few friends and acquaintances around me that knit beautiful shawls, and i had never knitted one before. in fact, i haven’t knitted anything that has segments like this. it’s easier than i thought. the eyelets get closer together as the shawl lengthens, and the stitches keep on increasing! i’m so excited for this one, and hope i can get it done before the cooler weather sets in.

Shawl

and just a few things from my to-do list… i’ve been wanting these books for ages, and already have a couple of projects picked out to try. the farmer’s wife quilt does look daunting to me (considering my past record with quilting….) so maybe we’ll revisit THAT in 5 years! i also have my eye on Farm Girl Vintage being in my near future.

To Do List

these all seem like a lot for me to be doing right now, but i haven’t shared in a while. i’m finally in a rhythm. in fact, i’m getting so organized, i have plans for listing things in my etsy shop. in fact, there’s a few items in there now. i can’t wait to get started with some of my other listings! keep checking back with me!